Things to do
What comes to your mind when you think of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Is it the heat of summertime? Maybe the aroma salt water mixed with the scent of suntan lotion? Or is it something more practical like the many activities you look forward to participating in once you arrive? Following are 11 of the most popular events that turn our thoughts to Myrtle Beach for a vacation any time of the year.
You haven’t had your breath taken away quite like you will when you arrive to the beach early in the morning and watch the sun come up. It’s an awesome way to start the day.
2. Best Golf…Ever!
More than 110 championship golf courses can’t be wrong! This is the best place to play golf while challenging your best game on the East Coast.
3. Yummy Barbecue
In the South, we know our barbecue. No matter what type you’re looking for you’ll find it right here in the Grand Strand area. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival in September!
4. Myrtle Beach Skywheel
For the best view of the South Carolina coastline, come on down to 1110 N. Ocean Blvd. and take a ride on the SkyWheel — no matter what the weather.
5. Hot Summer Nights at the Boardwalk
Free events every night all summer long! Kidz Carnival on Monday night. Live Music concert series Tues., Thurs., and Sat. Fireworks shows with live music on Wednesday. Boardwalk’s Got Talent on Friday. “Boardwalk Elvis” performs every Friday and Sunday along with other acts.
7. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a Class A advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Home games are played on TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave North, Myrtle Beach, with fireworks following the games.
8. Brookgreen Gardens
This sculpture garden and wildlife preserve is located just south of Murrells Inlet. Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in the US by TripAdvisor, it’s a restful place to spend the day. Located at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet.
9. Myrtle Beach Watersports
Myrtle Beach Watersports offers adventure tours, jet ski rentals, dolphin watch tours, Shawn’s Backwater Adventure, jet ski dolphin watch tours, surf lessons & rentals, parasailing, banana boats and pontoon boat rentals. Located at 8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
10. Bike Week
Each year thousands of motorcycle affectionados attend the Myrtle Beach Spring Rally and Fall Rally right here in Myrtle Beach.
11. Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
Here’s where you’ll find the best seafood restaurants along the coast. Known as the “Seafood Capitol of South Carolina” Murrells Inlet Marshwalk will occupy your entire evening with a stroll, dinner, shopping and live music.
When you’re bringing your family to Myrtle Beach for a vacation playing in the ocean surf and building sandcastles is just the beginning of all the fun you will have. The Grand Strand area offers a wealth of opportunities for family fun. Hard as it was to decide, we picked the top five family friendly things to do in Myrtle Beach when you decide it’s time to venture away from the oceanfront and check out what the area has to offer.
Wild Water & Wheels
910 Highway 17 South
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
This is an amusement park and a water park combined! There are 24 water slides including the Dark Hole that was recently described by Southern Living Magazine as the “best scary ride” in Myrtle Beach. There’s the Free Fall Cliff Dive where sliders can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour! Visitors can relax on a 950-foot lazy river, splash around in eight unique types of waves in the wave pool, unwind in the adult lounge pool, or get their bouncy on in bumper boats.
If you like Go Karts the Race Zone offers five different types of go-karts. There is a specially designed junior racers track for kids ages six to nine and a speed racers course for ages 12 and up.
Enjoy the kiddie rides, a miniature golf course with 18 holes, cabanas to rent, a food court with snack bar, gift shop and picnic area.
8500 Enterprise Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
This amazing animal sanctuary on 500 acres features a collection of more than 100 species of exotic and domestic animals housed along winding, scenic trails and beneath shady trees. Take in the natural setting and engaging wildlife with your family, enjoy food from the snack shop and see tons of creatures up close and personal including herds of buffalo and zebra, leopards, lions, cougars, and tigers. Oh my! Don’t miss Chico the chimp, the zoo’s own mascot.
Broadway at the Beach
Highway 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
There is plenty to see and do for the whole family at Broadway at the Beach that goes way beyond the numerous shops and restaurants. Check these out:
Magiquest – An interactive live-action, role playing game where players of all ages can embark on quests and adventures in an enchanted fantasy world using “real” magic wands to solve the mysteries of the game.
Ripley’s Aquarium – Complete fun, adventure and education can be discovered here for the entire family. The 1.4 million gallon aquarium features 12-foot sharks and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
Wonderworks – Try the more than 100 interactive exhibits, rides, games and attractions at this museum — aka “The Upside Down House” — one of the most popular things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach!
The Hollywood Wax Museum – Get into the action and take pictures with your favorite stars. Peek into the Prop Vault, dance with the stars, tiptoe through a laser maze, and more.
Pavilion Nostgalia Park – Relive past memories with some of the best rides and attractions from the original Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park including the Pirate Ship, Frog Hopper, the Herschel-Spillman Carousel and Baden Band German pipe organ.
300 S Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park are the only oceanfront attractions in the Grand Strand. At Family Kingdom Amusement Park there are more than 35 rides ranging from kiddie attractions to spine-chilling thrill rides. The historic Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster is popular among visitors looking to take a hair-raising ride, while the modern, steel Twist ‘N Shout roller coaster is one of six new rides recently unveiled. New additions include the Slingshot DropZone, which drops passengers to a 110-foot free fall, the Kite Flyer that will have you soaring through the sky in Superman style, Dune Buggies & Magic Bikes, and the Frog Hopper and Flight School rides.
At Splashes Water Park you can zip down the twisting Flume Slides and zoom down the towering Speed Slides before splashing into the cool landing pools. Smaller slides and a kiddie aquatic playground are available for the smaller set and a huge Lazy River allows the less brave a relaxing change of pace.
Unlike other amusement and water parks in the area, admission to both Family Kingdom attractions is free so parents or grandparents who want to come along for the fun but not the rides can enjoy family time. All-day passes to either or both parks are available and specific armbands allow for limited or unlimited rides.
Shipwreck Island Adventure Golf
3301 South Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Visitors can join a stranded band of pirates on their quest to find their buried treasure and misplaced booty on Shipwreck Island. Climb aboard the wrecked ship, the Myrtle Maiden, then putt your way through palm trees, flowing streams and waterfalls while following the treasure map. Shipwreck Island is one of the newest and more modern courses on the Grand Strand. Get ready because this may just be the most fun you’ve ever had playing miniature golf!
Great news for Market Common lovers. Tupelo Honey Cafe have recently announced plans to open in early 2015. The Asheville, NC based restaurant prides itself on made-from-scratch mountain south cuisine. Executive chef, Brian Sonoskus, will bring his creative vision to Howard Avenue and we all cannot wait to try his unique spins on shrimp and grits and cajun skillet catfish.
This will be the 9th restaurant for Tupelo Honey Cafe that residents and recurring visitors to the beach will surely enjoy. The restaurant will be an impressive 8,000 square feet and will have approximately 270 seats with outdoor seating and a bar. While maintaining the integrity of the dishes, Tupelo Honey Cafe will certainly reflect a beachy feel to mesh with the aesthetic.
The Market Common opened in 2008 and has continued to grow immensely. Resting on a former Air Force Base, this residential and commercial combination lifestyle brings a different twist to beach living. With shops, a movie theater, lots of dining, a fantastic park and residential living all in one centralized area, the beauty of Market Common is that one can enjoy the access of so much within their living quarters.
2014 marked an amazing year for the Market Common area. With the addition of several new businesses and plans for several more, this ever-expanding community is poised for a fantastic future. And the recent completion of an addition on-ramp has eased the flow of traffic considerably. Below is a list of new stores and restaurants that opened this year in Market Common.
Co. Sushi – Vietnamese inspired sushi restaurant. With a full sushi menu along with several traditional Vietnamese dishes, this modern restaurant perfectly accentuates Market Common’s vibe.
Crepe Creation Cafe – Who doesn’t love crepes? With savory, sweet and everything in between, this unique cafe uses the freshest ingredients to create hand made crepes for you.
Coastal Urge – A clothing store to match your outdoor lifestyle, Coastal Urge has a wide selection of outdoor apparel, shoes, swimwear and childrens’ wear. Coastal Urge also has the latest in coastal gear such as paddle boards, bicycles and surfing equipment.
For more information about the Market Common and its shops, check them out here.
Vacations are about making memories and when you go out to enjoy the nightlife around Myrtle Beach you’ll be making memories then, too. There are plenty of affordable shows and nightlife in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re listening to live music or dancing under the stars, this is your vacation so be sure to let your hair down and have a good time!
Myrtle Waves Water Park With over 20 acres of park, Myrtle Waves Water Park combines swerves, curves and shoots from every direction imaginable. Every Wednesday in the summer is Movie Night for the whole family this summer. Dive in at 4 p.m., shows begin at dusk. $11.99 each plus tax for all heights and ages. Plus popcorn is only $1. Movie Night is weather permitting and features below are subject to change without notice.
The House of Blues at 4649 Highway 17 S in North Myrtle Beach, has live concerts each week. Every Tuesday night you can check out The Comedy Zone. On Sunday mornings come take part in a Gospel Brunch that includes local talent performing traditional and contemporary Gospel music selected by legendary gospel producer and artist, Kirk Franklin. Before and during the show you can treat yourself to an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites plus tender carving stations, southern specialties and mouth-watering desserts.
Uptown Theater in Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach is showing “Improve: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. on July 1. This is a musical improve comedy based on audience suggestions.
Uptown Theatre was voted #1 Comedy Club in Myrtle Beach.
Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach on Robert Grissom Highway, Myrtle Beach, is made up of 14 different clubs allowing you to walk from one to another and sample each. Why not begin with frozen drinks at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or Fat Tuesday, then go out dancing at Club Boca, Revolutions and Malibu’s. Enjoy the laughs at Crocodile Rocks, where the comedians/pianists tickle the ivory keys and funny bones. Broadway Louie’s, a sports bar with wall-to-wall big screen TVs and video games will thrill sports and games enthusiasts. All this in just one party block.
If you’re looking to go Shagging then check out Fat Harold’s Beach Club along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. This is world-renowned Beach music club known as one of the best shag bars in the Myrtle Beach area. DJs, live music from the best Carolina Beach music bands and lots and lots of folks doing the Shag, the official state dance of South Carolina. Hours: Sun.-Tues. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
If you want centrally located accommodations that will be perfect for memory-making, give us a call at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort, 800-844-6534 today!
This may come as big news to some people but you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a vacation, especially when you come to Myrtle Beach. Come stay at our Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort and there are lots of free activities taking place in the local area. Check out these suggestions:
Free Concerts on Ocean Boulevard
There are free oceanfront concerts throughout the summer taking place on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hot Summer Nights is an oceanfront concert series lasting from 8 p.m. to midnight at Plyler Park on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and on Mr. Joe White Avenue in downtown Myrtle Beach. Come out and enjoy all types of music including rock, jazz, pop, reggae, Motown and country! In addition you can enjoy one of the beach’s biggest fireworks display at 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday nights until the end of August. There will be street performers, balloon artists, stilt-walkers, face painting, jugglers and plenty of kid-friendly fun that include inflatable jumping rooms.
Free Movies at The Market Common
The Market Common is where you can find many free events during the summer months. Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday through mid-August, Grand 14 Cinemas at the Market Common area will show a different kids’ movie every week at 10 a.m. There is free admission for everyone! Come enjoy $1 drinks and $1 popcorn. On Wednesdays, enjoy free movies in Valor Park beginning at 9 p.m.
Free Live Music at The Market Common
On Fridays in June, July & August, enjoy live music in the gazebos on Howard and Reed Avenues and a complementary carriage ride through the scenic streets of The Market Commons. The Market Common is located on Farrow Parkway off of Business and ByPass 17.
Free Movies in Surfside Beach
On Friday nights throughout the summer there will be free movies held in Martin Park (6th Avenue South and Dogwood Drive), Surfside Beach. Movies After Dark takes place from 9 to 11 p.m. Bring a blanket or a chair, snacks and bug spray and c’mon out!
Free Live Music in Garden City Beach
Every night from 8:30 to 11 p.m. throughout the summer months, head on down to Garden City Beach, SC. Here you can enjoy a walk along the beach and listen to live music on the Garden City Beach Pier.
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
If you’re looking for a lovely evening out, head on down to Murrells Inlet and enjoy all that this historic fishing village has to offer. Treat yourself to a leisurely stroll along the MarshWalk and enjoy the great views of the saltwater marsh, birds and beautiful scenery. There are many clubs and restaurants along the MarshWalk with their own live music floating through the open doors and windows. Take the time to stop and enjoy it!
Sunday Series in Surfside
Every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be live music at the gazebo in Fuller Park/Passive Park at 410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach. The public is invited to attend this free event. Bring and blanket or chair, snacks and bug spray. This is always a popular event.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun on your vacation, not when there’s so many free things taking place around the area besides the beachfront and the ocean.
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What comes to your mind when you think of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Is it the heat of summertime? Maybe the aroma salt water mixed with the scent of suntan lotion? Or is it something more practical like the many activities you look forward to participating in once you arrive? Following are 11 of the… Read More »